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Jackson United

Jackson United: JacksonJackson (2003)

Reviewer Rating: 3.5

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Very enjoyable. That could be my entire review as it pretty much describes the vibe I get from this project. Given the players involved, Jackson could have been a far more musically difficult project then it turned out to be. I get the impression that the band had made a conscious decision to kee.
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Very enjoyable.

That could be my entire review as it pretty much describes the vibe I get from this project. Given the players involved, Jackson could have been a far more musically difficult project then it turned out to be. I get the impression that the band had made a conscious decision to keep the songs here light and catchy. This all adds up to a collection of punky power-pop that simply bleeds skill and quality. This is rock written to be enjoyed, not push boundaries or incite riots, and that's really refreshing.

For the uninitiated Jackson is the side project of Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett. Joining him Face To Face bassist Scott Shiflett and Face To Face / Saves The Day drummer Pete Parada. There's enough songwriting skill in the band to take their songs to a level of maturity far above that of similar groups. However thats combined with an effort here to make high-quality guitar pop as opposed to something more arty and complicated. Lyrically Jackson is introspective and often tackles the classic love & loss theme of so many rock songs. Chris' vocals fit the tone of the songs well, lying somewhere between the Dave Grohl and Rivers Cuomo in their delivery.

There's a lot of heart woven into this and it really shows. It's rock for rock's sake, the kind of thing you'd want blazing from your car stereo on a summer afternoon.


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Anonymous (June 2, 2004)

Jackson is no longer.... They are now Jackson United!!! (copyright laws)
... as well as the new line up, the group has a new c.d out in Aus. and hopefully before the year is out it will be available in North America. The Name "Western Ballads". You can stream some new songs on the band site http://www.jacksonunited.com/ ; the new songs are just as awesome.

Anonymous (February 25, 2004)

BTW (I'm the person who posted the last one) Jackson isn't Scott and Pete anymore. It's Chris and three guys named Omen, Cary and Doug. Scott and Pete are too busy, I think...

Anonymous (February 25, 2004)

Hey, love the band, love this EP, can't wait for the full length. Since it seems that there's some confusion 'bout the Shiflett boys, I thought I'd post and clear some things up. Chris Shiflett, aka Jake Jackson (a nickname he got when he was younger) is currently in Jackson (duh), Foo Fighters, and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (with Joey Cape incidently. The man is a god, and whoever it was that met him, I'm very jealous.). In the past, he has played with No Use for a Name, Viva Death (maybe still with these guys, I dunno), 22 Jacks (I think), and he did one tour with Lagwagon (again with Joey) because their guitar player couldn't make it or something. He also started Magnificent Records just to put out the Jackson EP. Scott Shiflett, who I assume is the other Shiflett you guys were talking about, is Chris' older brother, a former (and yet lifetime) member of Jackson, current Face to Face and (I think) Viva Death. So, yeah, that's all. Sorry if I forgot any bands, they're busy dudes. Also, sorry if I'm wrong on any, but I think they're pretty accurate. So, yeah, pick up Jackson stuff, they're great.

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

In response to the question asking what kind of label Magnificent Records is:

It's Chris Shiflett's own label that he set up and signed his own band to. Who knows if he may sign more bands? Only time will tell.

Anonymous (September 20, 2003)

I bought the Jackson EP and I very much enjoyed it. They are a good band, and that was a good review.

Anonymous (July 24, 2003)

Jackson are great. they remind me of an unamerican band. perhaps australian.

Anonymous (June 15, 2003)

I remember talking to Joey Cape one time and he didn't even refer to Chris by his real name...only by Jake Jackson.

Anonymous (June 15, 2003)

yes, the two shifflets (sp) are related. jake jackson=chris shiflett. also he used to be in no use, now is in foo fighters and me first and the gimme gimme's. he also used to be in 22 jacks, or maybe it was his brother.

CallingLondon (June 14, 2003)

ok, i butchered that name. *Shifletts

CallingLondon (June 14, 2003)

are the two schifflets related?

Anonymous (June 14, 2003)

Emo is the new hair-metal
(and no i dont street punk so shut the fuck up)

Anonymous (June 12, 2003)

What is this label "Magnificent"? is it a Vagrant imprint?

Joseph (June 11, 2003)

Lieutenant, you love the album but its musically simplistic? If the album sounds good it sounds good, don't be pretentious and judge it negatively just because it's simple... good music is good music. It's simple stuff like Blink, NFG, and the Offspring that get people into punk, it's definitely not a bad thing.

lieutenant (June 11, 2003)

Well, yeah. I am guessing that is the connection. Chris Shifflet is Jake Jackson, after all.

hungryjoe (June 11, 2003)

what's their infatuation with the name "Jackson"? remember that speil in the tray of NUFAN's Making Friends about "Chris Shiflett is Jake Jackson"? i wonder if there's a connection. i'm sure their's still many of you that have that CD, look it up.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

Kinda reminds me of All Systems Go/Foo Fighters...Hard to describe, but really catchy..Good stuff.

lieutenant (June 10, 2003)

I really like this album. I think. At the risk of redundancy for the sake of stressing a point, this album is an enjoyable listen, and its enjoyable music. The short guitar breakdowns remind me of Face to Face (barely enough to be noticeable, applicable enough if F2F is on your mind), while the music itself as a whole resembles a slightly crunchy driving pop sound with unnecessarily fun solos and steady beats. I've earlier stated that I think I really like this album, only as though its a great listen, musically it only clicks at a superficial level.

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

good cd and review

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

You can order the EP through www.interpunk.com or get it at Foo Fighters shows. As for the sound, guitar pop really sums it up. Think of really slimmed down Sugar with Foo Fighters influences. Obviously the rhythm section has some face to face influence. All in all, this is a great little release that doesn't come off as pretentious or punker than thou. It's just plain awesome

Joseph (June 10, 2003)

Agh, I downloaded the two mp3s on the band's site and liked what I heard, but when I went searching at my local record town (oops, the thing turned into an fye a couple months back) I couldn't find it at all. Then again, they suck. If anyone has the cd, can you lend a hand and tell where ya got it at?

Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

I'm intrigued, but what they sound like comparatively?


Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

I REALLY enjoy this...fuck all those other reviews, this is real summertime music.

adam (June 10, 2003)

Thanks Joe, I'm glad you liked it.

Joseph (June 10, 2003)

This is one of the best reviews I've read on Punknews.org in weeks. I'm actually gonna go look this band up and give it a listen now. Thanks for not bombarding me so much with your opinion that after reading the review I still have no idea what the band sounds like.


Anonymous (June 10, 2003)

why does their warped tour comp song sound so much like weezer? i thought the cloning rivers' style thing was over....oh thats right ozma's cd came out two months ago.


tenderbransonx (June 10, 2003)

I really like these guys alot. The EP is decent and makes me want a full length. Anyone know if they are going to tour?
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